Scorpio Rising - Death in Vegas

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 100
    There's no reason to buy any other electronica CD this year.
  2. It’s not a real consistent journey, because of the eclectic styles, but the masterful sequencing makes it flow smoothly from track to track.
  3. 84
    Its sounds are equally rich and emotive, just not as goblin-esque [as Contino Sessions]. [#5, p.91]
  4. 83
    For about 17 minutes, the duo's third album comes terrifyingly close to brilliance. [Aug 2003, p.114]
  5. No influence spills into the next song and that makes for fairly rigidly eclectic listening, but it's done so artfully that there's never a sense of stylistic boxes simply being crossed.
  6. Scorpio Rising may not have the coherence of its forerunner, but its individual eclectic achievements still add up to an engaging album.
  7. Mind-melting Indian-flavored strings... wispy vocal guest turns... and snarling, droning guitar riffs drench Rising in a pleasing psychedelic haze. [Jul 2003, p.124]
  8. And though the influences/peers - Stooges, Velvet Underground, Krautrock, Spiritualized, Primal Scream - remain the same, this exceptional collection of visionary psychedelia is more ethereal and somewhat bereft of the cloaked fug of death threats, serial killers or "eggs bearing insects hatching in my mind" that made 'Contino' such a brain-damaged future Goth classic.
  9. 80
    Exotic, deep, unique. [Oct 2002, p.110]
  10. 70
    A curious but highly enjoyable mix of experimental beats and good old-fashioned guitar rock. [Jul 2003, p.92]
  11. An album that's transcendent in fits and starts, undermined by one too many celebs in the vocal booth.
  12. Perhaps the duo is just second-tier to begin with, or perhaps they just let the needle swing too far towards the rock side of the dial, but the peak moments on Scorpio Rising offer little more than enjoyable nostalgia for overhead-projector light shows.
  13. There's no doubting their enthusiasm but it seems Death In Vegas have compiled a list of great cult albums rather than actually making one themselves. [Oct 2002, p.102]
  14. While everything on the release is technically put together well and even sometimes compelling (the two album-opening tracks work about the best), most of the time things feel like they've been written specifically for the person who's singing them.
  15. 50
    A mixed offering, then, from a band still searching, albeit interestingly, for their own centre. [Oct 2002, p.102]
  16. Not so much a step in the wrong direction as a step in far too many different directions at once.
  17. 40
    A strangely dispassionate exercise in record-collection rock. [#17, p.133]
  18. So there are a couple of standout tracks, and the rest falls on its arse.
  19. 30
    Sounds like musicians so thoroughly bereft of ideas and energy that they've resorted to lifting melodies from their record collections wholesale while crossing their fingers for luck, hoping no one will notice the difference between inspiration and theft. [#59, p.88]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    After listening the album I prefer to add to my play list 1.Hands Around My Throat 2.23 Lies 3.So You Say You Lost Your Baby 4.Help Yourself

    Score: Good 7/10
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  2. Aug 12, 2010
    A modern classic that I feel has been largely ignored. It was the title track that got me into this. A rousing guitar driven electro rocker with Liam Gallagher vocals. I'm not dissing Oasis' work here but I think Liam's voice sounds better over this than just about anything in his former band's catalogue.
    The only other male vocal on this album comes from Paul Weller on So You Say You Lost Your Body which is used to slightly less effect. All other tracks either use female vocal or are completely instrumental. There are many different sounds and influences. Every track conjures up a different mood yet, somehow, manages to flow beautifully from the last. The first three sound like Velvet Underground reformed in a Berlin nightclub. The hypnotic 23 Lies sounds like the engine room of this album. It whirrs away producing sparks that dance around in your brain. Help Yourself is a 10 minute long psychedelic dream that closes the album. It is the string in the tail and I wouldn't have minded another 10 minutes. Glorious.
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  3. Bruno
    Oct 17, 2002
    Another great one! One More Time!